Exercise Without Realising

Exercise Without Realising

I am a lover of routine so much so that for years you can put me in the same routine and I would not complain, I love status quo, and changes make me mad πŸ™‚ But still whenever I feel to exercise without realizing, I go back to my childhood days to bring back the charm to my otherwise strict regime.


My childhood days were busy. I used to sit down only for reading a book or for doing homework, most of the other times I was a busy child hopping from one class to other. I learned a lot in my childhood, and dance is the first thing which comes to my mind when I think of those days. We had these numerous dance competitions in our school, and I used to be a part of all of it. I never realized then that I was dancing my way to fitness. πŸ™‚ As soon as I settled in a city, I enrolled myself in Kathak Class ( A classical dance form of India). Twice a week it works as an efficient fitness routine and also relaxes me. Dancing is a good exercise. It works on the core and stability.

Jump Rope:

Those days all children used to play in their front yards for a couple of hours in the evenings. Today also in gated communities you can see children playing, but then the percentage of that carefree play has come down considerably. Girls used to enjoy playing jump ropes. Two girls used to hold it at its end, and one would jump on it. That was fun. I use to jump rope now when I feel that I need to do effective cardio in less amount of time.


This is something I love playing with my daughter. While I was a child, hopscotch in many different forms used to be played in the front yard. Usually, we played single-legged hop, with a small piece of flat stone on the head. Now, when I recall it, I feel amazed by the capacity of this simple game. One legged hop with something on the head is a great lesson for balance and stability. Playing Hopscotch with my daughter is the favorite fun workout which we are going to cherish for years to come.

Tree climbing:

This was my favorite past time in childhood. My grandma’s place had a number of trees, and my uncle was an amazing tree climber. He taught me how to climb up and get down on trees and walls. It helped me to strengthen my muscles and workout without realizing it then. Though I am there in the city since last 20 -25 years, I love big trees that I come across while walking on roads. There is no way that I can climb the tree. But there is a rock climbing arena nearby, which I should join soon. πŸ™‚


I used to cycle to my school. I had a fantastic friend who used to come home, and we both used peddle our way to school over an exciting chat. Reviving those days is so much fun now. I have got a cycle which I use when I feel bored with the routine. A 5-6 km ride around the city makes me and my soul fresh.

Bring back those amazing games that you used to play as a child, incorporate them into your fitness routine and never realize the calorie burn πŸ™‚Β 



Snehal Joshi

Snehal is a Certified Nutrition Coach by National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is writing about her persuits of Nutrition Science since last 4 years.

  • Seema Misra
    Posted at 18:42h, 05 April

    That’s a lot of different exercises!! This is an undisputed truth – and better than any medicine.

    Whenever I feel low, I go for a brisk walk, and it never fails to improve my mood πŸ™‚


  • Roy A. Ackerman, PhD, EA
    Posted at 18:59h, 05 April

    I cycle and swim.
    But, given your title- here’s the data showing why we need to exercise. Because it’s essential for our mood, brain health, among other items….


  • Tammy
    Posted at 19:36h, 05 April

    My son and I have been having fun lately throwing a medicine ball back and forth at the gym.

  • Jeanine Byers
    Posted at 23:45h, 05 April

    I love, love, LOVE to dance!! Took dance lessons as a child and for a while, as an adult. Would love to get back to it. Or develop a 15-20 minute playlist and just dance around the house. Have been saying I will do that for quite some time, but so far, nothing! I did bounce, bounce, bounce on the rebounder today, though. πŸ™‚

  • Deepa
    Posted at 06:20h, 06 April

    I cycle and swim. Walk and climb the stairs. I try mostly to climb up 12 storeys if i don’t carry weight in my hand. To me, I enjoy cycling and walking to the core.

  • Rashmi
    Posted at 06:32h, 06 April

    It’s nostalgic. I think most of us have enjoyed those exercises in our childhood. We should inculcate it once again in our daily routine.

  • Ruth Bowers
    Posted at 08:53h, 06 April

    I love to exercise when it doesn’t really feel like exercise. Dancing around the house, walking by the river, cycling and swimming are all things that get me moving. And yes, they all bring back childhood memories too. πŸ™‚

  • Jen Nipps
    Posted at 08:54h, 06 April

    I love to just dance as exercise. Maybe I can integrate some of that into building my endurance and stamina back up.

  • Martha
    Posted at 09:26h, 06 April

    Back iny childhood days, all the kids would play outside until called in for dinner. How I loved hopscotch and jump roping! I don’t think we even thought about that being exercise, t was just fun!

  • Nupur
    Posted at 13:38h, 07 April

    Yes it’s so tough to climb a tree these days! Was super fun. This brought back memories.